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Wednesday, October 29

the rise of the jack o’lantern

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, 91011

6:00pm

This is an amazing new all-ages night-time Halloween extravaganza, that will light up Descanso Gardens this year! More than 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors are arranged in artful displays throughout a 1/3-mile scenic trail within the Rose Garden. The entire family-friendly 45-minute stroll through the grounds. The path is stroller and wheelchair accessible.  It’s not scary, like a haunted house, so it’s appropriate for all ages (unless your kids are afraid of the dark – that’s he only scary thing here!).

Advance ticket purchase required, and tickets are for timed entry.

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An Evening with Jane Smiley

New Roads School

3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

6:30pm

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four works of nonfiction. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006. She lives in Northern California. 

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Live Nation Presents Betty Who - The High Society Tour

House of Blues Sunset Strip

West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

Betty Who's infectious pop tunes are taking the world by storm -- the adorable songstress is charming audiences with her platinum-blonde pixie cut and signature red lipstick, channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe on stage. Whether she's rocking out to her hit "Somebody Loves You" or performing a stripped-down acoustic version of "Giving Me Away,"  the Australian singer mesmerizes with her killer voice. Betty Who's '50s style and charismatic pop hits will be on full display as she hits the road to play cities in the US and UK, dancing with fans along the way.

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By The Way, Jeff Garlin In Conversation with Ryan Adams

LARGO at the CORONET

366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90095

7:00pm

By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin is an eavesdroppers paradise. Recorded live at Largo in LA, its a series of casual talks between the host and his most interesting show business friends. Agendas are out the window and no topics are off limits in these revealing chats.

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Héctor Bourges

REDCAT

631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

7:30pm

In this lecture/performance in the REDCAT Lounge, Héctor Bourges, a member of the Mexico City-based theater/performance art ensemble Teatro Ojo, combines a series of gestures with images of historical events that have influenced the Mexican national identity project. Bourges uses performative elements such as masks and ventriloquism to reveal the strategies of Mexican political powers and to depict the double standard discourse of politics, always fraught with false hopes and hidden secrets.

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THE DROP: OK GO

GRAMMY Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0

7:30pm

Formed as a quartet in Chicago in 1998 and relocated to Los Angeles three years later, OK Go (Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, Andy Ross) have spent their career in a steady state of transformation. Their new record,  Hungry Ghosts, due out in on October 14 will release on the band’s own label, Paracadute. Hungry Ghosts is the band’s fourth full-length album and the newest addition to a curriculum vitae filled with experimentation in a variety of mediums. The band worked with longtime producer and friend Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT), while also enlisting a new collaborator in Los Angeles, veteran Tony Hoffer, (Beck, Phoenix, Foster the People) to create their most comfortable and far-reaching songs yet. Building on (and deconstructing) 15 years of pop-rock smarts, musical friendship, and band-of-the-future innovations the forthcoming Hungry Ghosts contains melancholic fireworks (“The Writing’s on the Wall”), basement funk parties (“Turn Up The Radio”), IMAX-sized choruses (“The One Moment”), and space-age dance floor bangers (“I Won’t Let You Down”). Continuing a career that includes viral videos, New York Times op-eds, a major label split and the establishment of a DIY trans-media mini-empire, collaborations with pioneering dance companies and tech giants, animators and Muppets, OK Go continue to fearlessly dream and build new worlds in a time when creative boundaries have all but dissolved.  Please welcome OK Go to The Clive Davis Theater to celebrate the release of Hungry Ghosts. Following an interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, the band will perform.

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Delta Spirit

Troubadour

West Hollywood, CA 90069

8:00pm

Acclaimed San Diego-bred five-piece Delta Spirit add fall dates to their extensive nationwide tour celebrating the release of their anticipated album Into the Wide, due September 9 via Dualtone Records. Keeping an eye toward the live experience is always essential to the band. “We just want the songs to be as epic and meaningful as possible when we play them in front of people, which is the be-all and end-all for us as a band,” says Matt Vasquez (vocals, guitar). 

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